Do's and Don'ts for One Day in SeattleBy Kathy Adams; Updated June 08, 2017
When there's only enough time for Seattle on the go
You're finally scheduled for a Seattle visit but only have time for one day of sightseeing. Instead of wondering how to cram all of Seattle's culture into one day, relax and check out these stops that best represent the Emerald City. These top three picks are all within walking distance of each other, making for a great one-day outing.
Do visit Pike Place Market
Do stroll the boardwalk
Walk from Pike Place to the waterfront for a stroll on the boardwalk. Take in views of boats and barnacles, a few token souvenir shops and plenty of seagulls seeking snacks. A clear day offers spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains across the bay. Relax your feet a bit with a ride on the Seattle Great Wheel, a huge Ferris wheel at Pier 57, or just enjoy the view as others embark. Argosy Cruises offers boat tours of the bay for an even better view.
Take in the Puget Sound sea life
Meander your way along Alaskan Way to
What to skip during a Seattle visit
- Although the original Starbucks is at 102 First Street (cross street Pike), it serves exactly the same coffee as other Starbucks locations. The decor is a throwback to the store's 1971 heritage, but this famous first typically has lines winding out the door. Forget about finding a seat inside.
- Skip the Seattle Space Needle, too. Tickets average more than $20 for adults for a ride up the elevator to the observation area. Although the deck offers an interesting perspective on a clear day from its height at 520 feet above street level, fog often obscures the views. Instead, check out the views from